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If you have been charged with a drug crime or would like to discuss a legal matter involving a drug crime, please let us know straightaway. It’s extremely important to have defense counsel by your side as early as possible in the process.

Penalties for Drug Crimes

In the state of Massachusetts, the penalties you face for a drug crime conviction can be severe. The two main factors that affect how severe your penalties will be are the type of drug and how much of it was in your possession. If you are convicted, you could be facing large fines and substantial jail time. This is why you need to contact an experienced Boston drug crime attorney from Brad Bailey Law right away to get started on your defense!

Understanding Drug Crime Penalties in Massachusetts

When facing drug crime charges in Massachusetts, it's crucial to understand the potential penalties you may be up against. Penalties for drug offenses can vary depending on the type and quantity of drugs involved, as well as other factors such as prior criminal history.

Some common penalties for drug crimes in Massachusetts may include:

  • Prison time
  • Fines and court fees
  • Probation
  • Mandatory drug education or treatment programs
  • Loss of professional licenses or certifications

Our Boston drug crime lawyers have extensive experience navigating the Massachusetts legal system and can provide you with the guidance and representation you need to minimize the impact of these potential penalties. Don't face drug crime charges alone - contact Brad Bailey Law today for a strong defense.

Federal Defense Attorneys

Federal drug offenses are prosecuted under Title 21 of the United States Code. As with many state drug offenses, the penalties are usually dictated by the nature of the substance(s) involved and the weight and/or quantity. Convictions for distribution and possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy are determined through drug conversion tables in the federal sentencing guidelines that arithmetically calculate advisory sentencing ranges.

However, statutory mandatory minimum prison sentences may also apply. For example, distribution of 1 kg or more of heroin or 5 kg or more of cocaine requires imposition of a mandatory 10 year prison sentence. Possession of 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, 100 grams or more of methamphetamine and 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana also require minimum sentences of 10 years.

Defending Against Drug Offenses in MA

Most Massachusetts state drug offenses are prosecuted under Chapter 94C of the Massachusetts General Laws. The penalties vary depending on the nature of the offense, the criminal history of the offender and/or the type and quantity of the controlled substance at issue. While penalties are usually dictated by weight, substance, and proof of an intent to distribute, first time offenders do face significant jail time even if convicted of straight possession.

For example:

  • First time offenders convicted of possessing heroin can face up to 2 years in jail.
  • First time offenders convicted of possessing cocaine face up to 1 year.
  • Second convictions for each offense result in enhanced penalties of (a mandatory) 2½ – 5 years in prison for possessing heroin.
  • Second convictions for each offense result in enhanced penalties of (a mandatory) up to 2 years in jail for possessing cocaine.

The Importance of Hiring an Attorney Familiar With Federal Law

Federal drug charges are defended similarly to the way state drug charges are defended, with litigation strategy and actual defense theories being interchangeable. However, familiarity with both the United States Sentencing Guidelines, applicable enhancements, relevant conduct considerations, post-release penalties and available sentencing relief mechanisms is critical, as is understanding the applicability of federal narcotics charges to the issue of pre-trial release or detention. Unlike state court, sentencing entrapment remains a viable argument in federal court.

Protect Your Future with an Experienced Drug Crimes Attorney

A drug conviction can have serious and long-lasting consequences on your life. From damaging your reputation to limiting your employment opportunities, it is crucial to have a skilled and experienced drug crimes attorney on your side to protect your future.

At Brad Bailey Law, our Boston drug crime lawyers have a deep understanding of the complexities of drug laws in Massachusetts. We are dedicated to providing aggressive and strategic defense strategies tailored to your specific case.

When you choose our firm, you can expect:

  • Extensive knowledge of local and federal drug laws
  • Thorough investigation and analysis of evidence
  • Strategic negotiation skills to potentially reduce charges or penalties
  • Strong courtroom advocacy if your case goes to trial
  • Compassionate and personalized support throughout the legal process

Don't let a drug conviction jeopardize your future. Contact our Boston drug crime attorneys today for a free consultation to discuss your case and learn about your legal options.


Call (617) 500-0252 or message us online for a confidential consultation with a skilled criminal defense lawyer.


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Commonly Asked Questions

What is Title 21 of the United States Code?

Title 21 of the United States Code is a federal law which outlines criminal offenses related to drugs. This law contains many provisions related to narcotics, controlled substances, and other illegal drugs.

What types of defense strategies can I use if I am charged with a drug crime?

If you have been charged with a drug offense, there are several possible defense strategies that may be available to you. Some common defenses include demonstrating that either possession or distribution was not intentional; proving entrapment; challenging search and seizure procedures; arguing lack of knowledge or intent to distribute; or asserting lack of control over drugs found.

Are there mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug offenses?

Yes, there are mandatory minimum sentences for certain federal drug offenses. For example, distribution of 1 kg or more of heroin or 5 kg or more cocaine requires imposition of a 10-year prison sentence. Possession of 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, 100 grams or more of methamphetamine, and 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana also require minimum sentences of 10 years.

Are there any special considerations when defending against state-level charges?

Most Massachusetts state drug offenses are prosecuted under Chapter 94C of the General Laws. The penalties vary depending on the nature of the offense, the criminal history of the offender, and the type and quantity of the controlled substance in question. While penalties are usually dictated by the weight of the substance and proof of intent to distribute, first-time offenders face significant jail time even if convicted of straight possession.

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